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St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 1,357
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 60
Gots: 120 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2002

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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/30/12.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, spices, and dark fruits - especially grapes and raisins. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a fruity finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but I think it smells better.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle (best by 22/07/13) into a Chimay chalice.

Color is murky natural unfiltered apple cider topped by a single finger cap of fine eggshell creamy foam. Forms tight fine lace that pulls back very slowly into a delicate web.

Aroma is simply subdued as with most of the offerings from St. Bernardus. I get a nutty brown sugary malt and a slight waft of clove, bubblegum, and plum.

Flavors are simple as well. More malty and doughy than I expected, but nice. Some vanilla, spice, and, fig. Slightly sour at the finish.

Feel is moderate with adequate carbonation and creaminess.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer. Very different from their other products. Will buy again.

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3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


750ml bottle labeled as best by 12/6/2012 purchased from the 'aged beer' cooler of my local store.

For being two months away from the best by date stamp, this one is still reasonably good, but not quite right for me.

Sure, the finish has some medium levels of cardboard oxidation, but the nose is an appealing blend of musty red grapes and brownie batter with a very light clove remnant at only garnish levels. The flavor follows suit (Grape Nuts cereal) but semi-dry compared to the nose's sweetness and less vibrant than how it was fresh, a touch crisper in texture, with the typical expected partial reduction of carbonation levels and gain of partial cardboard in the finish from the aging process. It's all gone very red grape vinous!

If only those malts weren't so oxidized / simplified.... Having had both this bottle and a fresh bottle, I can see that my target zone is definitely in between these two profiles, and next time I acquire this particular beer I will be aiming for aging it for around 8 months at basement temp or 12-14 months in a refrigerator.

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3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange with a typically big, fluffy Belgian head.

S: Very yeasty and spicy, not very strong aroma.

T/M: Not as fruit-forward as the other St. Bernardus beers, this one is dominated by the yeast and complex spices. A good amount of alcohol comes through in the aftertaste, too.

O: While I don't like this as much as St. Bernardus' 8 or 12, it's still a fine beer with an interesting flavor.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is dark chestnut brown with a tan fluffy head. Nose is heavy sweet malt, candies sugar, dark fruits, lightly green. Taste offers well balanced sweetness, notes of nuttiness, and dark fruits aplenty. Body is a touch thin with heavy carbonation and a soft feel.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle along with all the other St. Bernarduses in one weekend to compare. Pours a medium brown color, purple haze in there, with a fluffy white head. Aroma of some dark fruits, yeasty spice, rather subdued. Flavor follows with a nice smooth plum and fig, bit of apple and pear, and some yeasty spices going on. Relatively light on the palate, not dry, but plenty of carbonation. A little pricey for what it is, but a very nice brew.

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3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz botle with a "best by" date of 9/19/14. It was part of my haul from working BBF and after it warmed was poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 pours a rusted copper color, lightening a bit at the edges. There's two fingers of bone colored head crowning the beer. It manages to stick around for a minute or to before fading, but does so relatively cleanly. The nose has a strong fig presence, as well as a gentle alcohol aroma. The flavor profile flashes some phenols with a clove taste right out front. The same esters and booze from the nose then come in, though they're joined here by a subtle bready maltiness. I wish there was more variety to the fruity flavors rather than just fig, but the alcohol presence remains restrained and pleasantly warming. The mouthfeel is very nice, on the dry side body-wise and paired with a nice and lively carbonation. St Bernardus's Pater 6 is a decent enough dubbel, but I think it's also clearly a step below some of the great trappist takes on the style.

St. Bernardus Pater 6 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 1,357 ratings.